Funding released for construction at 2 veterans' homes

The state comptroller's office has released nearly $11 million for construction at two Illinois Veterans' Homes
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Murder charges dropped in Pittsfield bar shooting

Murder charges have been dropped against a Massachusetts man accused of killing another man outside a Pittsfield bar in 2016
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2 children killed in 3-vehicle crash in Massachusetts

Two young children died and four other people were injured in a three-vehicle traffic crash in Massachusetts
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Court overturns conviction in killing of home intruder

A Virginia appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Springfield man who fatally shot an intruder in his home
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Lawyers seek new sentencing for teen in Ohio school shooting

An Ohio teenager who shot and wounded a classmate at school and was sentenced to 23 years in prison is appealing for a new sentencing
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Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun report dip in slot revenue

Connecticut's two casinos both reported another monthly drop in slot-machine revenue
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2 dead after wrong-way crash on Connecticut interstate

Connecticut State Police say two people have died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 91 in Wethersfield
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Connecticut WWII-era newspapers offer view of black life

African-American newspapers from Connecticut offer detailed look at life for blacks in Northeast during the World War II era
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The Massachusetts Senate is taking its show on the road

The Massachusetts Senate is taking its show on the road with what it's calling its "Commonwealth Conversations 2019-2020 Tour"
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Exoneree Band to headline Innocence Project fundraiser

The headliner at a March fundraiser for the Illinois Innocence Project will be a band made up of wrongfully convicted musicians
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Illinois Senate backs $15 hourly minimum wage within 6 years

The Illinois Senate has agreed to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour within six years, quickly advancing a top campaign promise of the newly elected
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State: Electrolux not required to repay $100M in Tennessee

Tennessee officials say Swedish appliance maker Electrolux isn't legally required to repay $100 million in state incentives for its soon-to-be-shuttered Memphis
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Baystate to open new mental health hospital

A Massachusetts hospital group has announced it will close multiple behavioral health units as part of a plan to open a new behavioral health hospital
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Dems pick Springfield for state convention, snub mayor

Massachusetts Democrats will hold their annual convention in Springfield but are snubbing the city's Democratic mayor because he endorsed the state's Republican
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Illinois man gets more than 17 years for meth distribution

A central Illinois man will serve 17 ½ years in federal prison for drug trafficking and possession of firearms
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Grand jury declines to indict officer who shot Missouri man

Police in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny say a grand jury has declined to indict an officer who killed a Missouri man after he pointed a gun at the officer
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TV ads call on US Rep. Neal to subpoena Trump tax returns

Billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer has purchased television ads pressuring Democrat House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to
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Illinois Catholic Bishops oppose marijuana legalization

Illinois' Roman Catholic bishops have taken a stand against legalizing recreational use of marijuana
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State seeks partners for summer meals program in 33 counties

Illinois officials are looking for partners to help provide meals to children in low-income areas over the summer when school isn't in session
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State police step up enforcement over Super Bowl weekend

Illinois State Police say troopers are stepping up traffic enforcement for Super Bowl weekend
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Predators score 4 in 3rd period to top Panthers 4-1

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and the Nashville Predators scored all their goals in the third period of a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers
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Memphis official: Electrolux agrees to pay taxes on factory

Officials say Swedish appliance maker Electrolux has agreed to pay taxes on a factory the company has decided to shut down in Memphis, Tennessee
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State gives $800,000 to struggling Springfield Hospital

A Vermont hospital receiving $800,000 from the state to prevent its closure has announced job and wage cuts
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3 Texas men plead guilty in theft of hundreds of firearms

Three more Texas men have recently pleaded guilty to stealing 654 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Missouri
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